My Take On America’s War Whores
I can’t read this story about the brutal challenges of Iraqi vet Tomas Young without feeling useless in the many efforts I have made over the years to prevent this war with Iraq. The efforts I made via the written word, protesting, sending legislators, faxes, emails letters, etc., my dedication, like so many others, has fallen on deaf ears and closed minds of “Empire Builders”.
I know what war does to someone “We” love. My brother was a victim of the outrageous actions of the military, a story for another time, and, after my brother came home, the governmental agency’s supposedly designed to assist veterans, only allows further damage to become part of these returning soldiers lives and sees to it that many become a life time victim.
War at any cost has been America’s motto for years! influenced by masters of gr$$d who have furthered ugly agenda’s which cared not who they harmed, killed and or destroyed. The spoils at any cost!
“We” are still on that dastardly road which leads to the destruction of the lives and dreams of so many here, at home, and abroad. It’s madness! Like a rabid animal it’s mind and all reasoning is gone. This madness must be stopped before these crazed masters of gr$$d leave only a wasteland.
This story of Iraqi vet Tomas Young is not an isolated tale of pain and suffering which our men and women have, no matter the price, been asked to take upon themselves. This is a cross of monumental emotional pain which they and family must endure.
War is never started by the laymen, the average person.
America’s wars have always been started by those who serve gr$$dy agendas. America, in her entire young history, has never seen a war opportunity that she did not take advantage of. In fact, if a war did not come to America she, via her legislators and the gr$$dy corporate masters they willingly serve, found an excuse to create a war. Latin America and south America are witnesses to this.
Now, in the last 20 years, we’ve set our gr$$dy sights on the riches of the Middle East. But first “We” had to get the propaganda machine working, well oiled, in order to make fools, witless ignorant folks, to believe that Islam was on the march to destroy all who were not believers.
As long as war whores are allowed to run this nation and control the world scene “We” will never see any semblance of peace. It’s not in the human makeup, genes of these monsters. Madness cannot be healed! Madness feeds on the weak like a cancer that will ravish everything less it be stopped.
One of First Iraq Veterans to Publicly Oppose War Will Die for Our Sins
I flew to Kansas City last week to see Tomas Young. Young was paralyzed in Iraq in 2004. He is now receiving hospice care at his home. I knew him by reputation and the movie documentary “Body of War.” He was one of the first veterans to publicly oppose the war in Iraq. He fought as long and as hard as he could against the war that crippled him, until his physical deterioration caught up with him.
“I had been toying with the idea of suicide for a long time because I had become helpless,” he told me in his small house on the Kansas City outskirts where he intends to die. “I couldn’t dress myself. People have to help me with the most rudimentary of things. I decided I did not want to go through life like that anymore. The pain, the frustration. …”
He stopped abruptly and called his wife. “Claudia, can I get some water?” She opened a bottle of water, took a swig so it would not spill when he sipped and handed it to him.
“I felt at the end of my rope,” the 33-year-old Army veteran went on. “I made the decision to go on hospice care, to stop feeding and fade away. This way, instead of committing the conventional suicide and I am out of the picture, people have a way to stop by or call and say their goodbyes. I felt this was a fairer way to treat people than to just go out with a note. After the anoxic brain injury in 2008 [a complication that Young suffered] I lost a lot of dexterity and strength in my upper body. So I wouldn’t be able to shoot myself or even open the pill bottle to give myself an overdose. The only way I could think of doing it was to have Claudia open the pill bottle for me, but I didn’t want her implicated.”
“After you made that decision how did you feel?” I asked.
source: Chris Hedges, Truthdig | Op-Ed